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Merchant of Venice, The

Synopsis
Video recording of The Merchant of Venice directed for the 2001 Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival by Richard Monette. Paul Soles is Shylock.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
28 May 2001

Credits

Director
Richard Monette
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Loreena McKennitt
Production Design
Ann Curtis
Cast
Paul SolesShylock
Peter HuttAntonio
Donald CarrierBassanio
Lucy PeacockPortia
Nicolas Van BurekGratiano
Aaron FranksJailer
Adrienne GouldJessica
Brian TreeDuke of Venice
David SnelgroveLorenzo
Douglas ChamberlainTubal
Jeff WhiteBalthazar
Joseph ShawOld Gobbo
Paul DunnLauncelot Gobbo
Rami PosnerPrince of Morocco
Raymond O’NeillSalerio
Sarah DoddNerissa
Tim MacDonaldPrince of Arragon
Timothy AskewSolanio

Additional Details

Theatre
Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
Theatre company
Stratford Shakespeare Company, Ontario
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival

Notes

History
The play ran at the Festival Theatre from 8 May-3 November 2001.
Reviews
Ward, Royal. Shakespeare Bulletin 20, no. 2 (2002): 35-36.

Hoile, Christopher www.stage-door.org (accessed 1/2008). Hoile writes `...his [Monette’s] rudimentary blocking has more to do with abstract patterns than with communicating characters’ relationships. It is as if there were a large X across the Festival Theatre stage. In virtually every scene Monette lines up the actors along one or both of these diagonals. The character with the longest speech stands in the centre of the X to be replaced after a shuffle with the next character with a long speech. One notices this pattern within the first half hour. Two and a half more hours do not make it more interesting. Since the pattern is unrelated to the dramatic action, the effect is more like seeing a dull pageant than a play with any pretense to realism’. Hoile also criticises the production for what he sees as racial stereotyping of the Princes.

Archive

Name

Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival Archive

Contact
ECharendoff@stratfordshakespearefestival.com (Archives Co-ordinator)
Web
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AboutUs/OurHistory/ArchivesServices External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 519-271 1040
Fax
+1 519-271-1040
Address
350 Douro Street
P.O. Box 520
55 Queen Street
Stratford, Ontario
N5A 3S7
Canada

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